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03 October 2023

Goats stolen from UAE farm; servant on trial

By Eman Al Baik

An 80-year-old retired Emirati suspected a Pakistani who was offering a goat of a special breed for sale and helped to reveal the animal’s theft from a farm, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.

AS had gone to Al Ruwiya to a farm to buy fodder for his cattle. There were six ‘Najdi’ goats on the farm and, asking a worker about its source, AS was told that KK, a Pakistani shepherd, had asked him to keep them temporarily on the farm until he found buyers for them.

AS suspected the matter and, pretending to be interested in buying the goats, he asked KK to come to the farm but he did not. However, two days later, KK came to the farm and sold the goats to IM, 58, retired officer and owner of a farm in the area.

AS informed the police that he suspected the source of the goats. Police arrested KK, 61, Pakistan, shepherd, who initially denied knowing that the goats were stolen and claimed that he had bought them for Dh2,400 from a farm in the area.

KK guided police to the farm of Ateeq, the original owner of the goats, and pointed at AM, 32, a Bangladeshi servant who had sold him the goats.

AM admitted that he had stolen the goats of his employer Ateeq. The retired officer told police that he bought the goats from KK who had claimed that he had bought them from a farm in Al Ain.

Ateeq told police that he did not know that his workers had stolen his goats and sold them to the retired officer.

Dubai Prosecution accused KK of possessing the goats despite knowing that they were stolen and prosecuted AM for stealing six goats from his employer Ateeq. Other workers who assisted AM are still at large.

The Court will give its verdict on February 26.